Pastefire is a new iPhone app from the guys at Appsfire (a great app recommendations / sharing app) “ that lets you quickly copy things from your desktop browser to your iPhone. Here ‘s a very good, concise description from one of its creators:  What Pastefire does is a very simple thing: when you see […]
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Pastefire – Free App for Quick Easy Copying from Desktop Browser to iPhone [iPhone Applications]

Pastefire iPhone app

Pastefire is a new iPhone app from the guys at Appsfire (a great app recommendations / sharing app) “ that lets you quickly copy things from your desktop browser to your iPhone. Here ‘s a very good, concise description from one of its creators: 

What Pastefire does is a very simple thing: when you see something on your computer you need to use on your iPhone (a phone number, an email, a photo, a URL) instead of mailing it to yourself you can now use Pastefire which will do 3 things

> sends the content to your iphone from your computer fast.
> recognizes what it is (an email, a URL a photo,…)
> trigger the right action for the information accordingly and automatically (dial a phone number via phone or skype, add a picture to photo gallery, opens an email, send via twitter…) – automatic actions can be deactivated and the action can be chosen manually.

To use Pastefire to copy and paste things from desktop to iPhone, you need to have the iPhone app “ which is free “ and also use the pastefire.com site (for the copying side of the copy & paste equation).  So, for instance, if you want to quickly grab a phone number on a web site for your favorite Friday Happy Hour spot you just highlight the phone number text on that page and copy it into Pastefire ‘s Copy Box at the Pastefire site, then fire up the Pastefire app on the iPhone.  The iPhone app is clever at recognizing the type of content it has received “ and in this case will spot that it ‘s a phone number and give three phone-related options at the top of its one-tap actions list:

Pastefire for iPhone

If you throw a URL at it, opening with Safari should be the first action item in the list.  A block of text that begins with an @ symbol will throw up SMS, Mail, and your installed Twitter apps (it recognizes Tweetie and Twitterrific for now) as the first three items.  I ‘d rather see that one place the Twitter apps first in the list.

It also handles image copying well.  You right-click an image on a web page and choose ‘Copy image URL ‘ and chuck that into Pastefire.  On the iPhone you ‘ll then get an option to save that image right into your photo library with just one tap.

You can turn on Automated mode if you like “ once you do, the app will automatically select the best action (calling, opening a page in Safari etc) and do it for you without any taps on your part, until you toggle that setting off.

Pastefire

You can also speed up the process at the copying end of things by using the Pastefire bookmarklet in your web browser.  Once you have that on a bookmark toolbar or similar, you don ‘t need to copy things into the Copy Zone “ just highlight text, for example, on a site and it the bookmarklet and it will fire it over to Pastefire on the iPhone.  The bookmarklet mostly works well, but has a few issues right now in this 1.0 version.  For instance, it will not recognize a URL if copied from the address bar.  The developers are working on making it more clever.

Of course you have to have to open up the Pastefire app at the iPhone side to make any of this work “ so if you ‘re going to be using it a lot you ‘re going to want to find a prime home screen spot for it.  If you ‘re jailbroken, you ‘ll have some other good options like backgrounding it and / or adding it to a quick launch bar (via QuickDo or other similar apps).

Currently you cannot copy multiple items at once via Pastefire “ this is something that could do with improving in a future update.  I ‘d also love to see Maps added as one of the one-click apps to launch, for sending directions maps.

Here is a more complete listing of Pastefire features, via their App Store description details:

:: Pastefire top features ::

– 1 click auto-mode actions include: phone number autodial, URL opening, transfer to iPhone clipboard
– smart URL, email address and phone number recognition
– common actions include: open in safari, SMS to or with content, Email to and with content, search on Google or Wikipedia
– call to skypeout (on wifi when active)
– Send to Twitter (Tweetie & Twitterriffic autodiscovered if installed)  

:: Other features ::

– turn-key: no extra download required
– super safe: 256bit SSL encryption
– super fast: memorize your login/password for up to 1 year (on web site) for repeat usage from multiple computers
– super easy: auto discover apps installed for common actions (skype, tweetie, twitterific, more to come)

I love the back story for how Pastefire came about “ this from one of its co-creators:

Pastefire is a side project we created in a week end, as my main computer crashed and i found myself in the need to send lots of info from the computer to my iPhone.

You can find Pastefire now in the iPhone App Store, and it ‘s a free app. 

If you give it a try, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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